Suzuki Vitara Jlx Car Reviews | NRMA Motoring & Services

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Suzuki Vitara

JLX Car Review

It look as cute as its two-door but the four-door Suzuki Vitara JLX Wagon has plenty of appeal for the family who is looking for a versatile 4WD vehicle priced under

The Wagon’s longer body and (compared to the two-door model) has wonders for interior space and it can cope with a family of or even five, if the three in the don’t need a lot of hip room. The design also makes a lot easier for occupants when or getting out of the vehicle.

Not unexpectedly, is a price premium to pay over the Vitaras (over $4,000 for models). However when you into account the Estate extra features such as injection for the engine, its high of standard equipment and the increased and space afforded by the four-door I’m sure many will consider it money spent.

Features and equipment

it’s still just 1.6 capacity, the Wagon’s fuel-injected four-cylinder engine puts out 30 per cent more power the two-door model. This to compensate for the Wagon’s 150 kg extra

As in all Vitaras, buyers can choose five-speed manual or four-speed transmission. Brakes are discs at the and drums at the rear.

Vitaras on all coil springs all round Macpherson struts up front and links and a centre wishbone at the Free-wheeling hubs are standard but you to get out and lock and unlock them at the

As a special offer package, the JLX Wagon comes with a of free extras that air conditioning, body graphics and a wheel cover. The JLX also has windows, power mirrors and door locking. Both the JLX and the JX wagons have power

Body and finish

With its rear, the Wagon has a more look than the two-door, but the is tidy and reasonably attractive

Though the Vitara’s body have the solid feel of 4WDs, the general standard of is good for this class of

Suzuki says that all sections of the Vitara’s body are from galvanised steel to added protection against – an important factor in type of vehicle which at times, be subjected more to elements than a conventional car.

Comfort and space

Drivers and passengers who find that four cylinder cars provide them with head or leg room should no problem in the Vitara – plenty of both. The front are effective in insulating occupants bumps but could do with lumbar and thigh support.

the front seats set right there’s not a huge amount of leg room but as long as you can have the a notch or two forward, adults fit in OK. The rear seat isn’t wide enough for three to be comfortable, it’s better to two adults or three children. is satisfactory in the two outer positions and in the centre.

The Vitara isn’t as off the ground as larger 4WDs and is a benefit for occupants getting in and In some 4WDs, it’s a effort for less agile or people to haul themselves up the cabin

Being a relatively vehicle, the Vitara Wagon is to jiggle over rougher but overall, I rate the ride as for this type of vehicle and than the two-door versions.

Ventilation is good in the Vitara and the are easy to use, but the large areas let a lot of sun and heat into the The JLX Estate’s standard air conditioning is useful in keeping cabin comfortable.

Load space is a lot than the two-door Vitara, with the rear seat up and The backrest is divided 60/40 and can be laid down over the or the whole seat can be folded for greater floor load

Behind the wheel

Apart the location of the bonnet release in the glove box) and the fact the large transmission hump leave enough space to your left foot off the pedal, I found the Vitara’s layout easy and pleasant to The instrument panel is neat and

Vision for general driving is good and the six-jet windscreen are particularly effective. Looking to the the spare tyre obstructs view somewhat, but you get used to it.

The doesn’t have an especially turning circle, but it’s not a vehicle to park. The JLX’s steering makes light of manoeuvring.

On the road

One of the attractions of the Vitara is it drives much like average 1.6 litre car. though not what you’d sparkling, is adequate in traffic and for use. The Vitara responds to drivers who are prepared to make use of the gearbox and keep the engine at a reasonable speed.

Performance can be to drop off when the wagon is loaded and also I wouldn’t the automatic versions to be lively. The is an electronically-controlled unit, featuring and Normal modes and a torque lock-up clutch that on both third and fourth

Fuel consumption for the manual wagon makes the larger of 4WDs look like gas guzzlers (which in most they are!). The JLX Estate only 8.5 litres/100 km on highway and 9.8 litres/100 km in city and suburban

Interior noise levels are than a sedan car but aren’t compared to other 4WDs. backlash and noise can be heard the transmission when changing or when running slowly in traffic.

Apart from a tendency to be by cross winds, and the previously-mentioned over bumps, the Vitara well, in an easy and controlled It’s particularly good well-surfaced dirt roads.

The have a progressive action, good stopping power normal conditions. However in braking tests, the front locked too readily to achieve the of stopping distances associated high efficiency braking Resistance to fade was satisfactory, but not

Gearchange action in the manual is a heavier than the average car but the gears engage cleanly and Ratios are well chosen and the has an easy action.


not your ultimate off-roader, the is capable of tackling reasonably terrain. Good approach and angles and satisfactory ground allow you to clear most without scraping anything.

is sufficient to haul you out of trouble but I the accelerator action too touchy in going such as climbing ledges. In these conditions the is also inclined to lift a wheel fairly easily.

Under-bonnet accessibility is good, all regular check items, spark plugs and oil filter, to reach. If you’re unlucky and get a at least you won’t have to the vehicle to change the wheel. The is mounted externally on the rear and the jack and wheel wrench are stored under the driver’s

Service is at the usual intervals six months/10,000 km, or every three for vehicles operating under conditions. Warranty is a generous years or 60,000 km.


has enjoyed plenty of sales (particularly among the younger with its trendy-looking 2-door and the four-door wagons represent a extension of that appeal for with family responsibilities.

The JLX version tested is a well-equipped, and likeable little vehicle well suited to smaller who like to explore the great but who also want a vehicle easy to handle around and not too expensive to run.

All round, the Estate Wagon is an interesting and alternative for people who don’t (or can’t afford) the larger of four-wheel drive vehicles.

By Motoring, May 1993.

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